Etymology
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northeast (n.)

also north-east, "point or direction midway between north and east," Old English norþ-east; see north + east. As an adjective, "pertaining to or proceeding from or toward the northeast," by 1739. Related: Northeastern "pertaining to or in the direction of the northeast" (late 14c.); northeastward (1550s); northeasterly (1743).

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Definitions of northeast
1
northeast (n.)
the compass point midway between north and east; at 45 degrees;
Synonyms: nor'-east / northeastward / ne
northeast (n.)
the direction corresponding to the northeastward compass point;
northeast (n.)
a location in the northeastern part of a country, region, or city;
2
northeast (adj.)
situated in or oriented toward the northeast;
Synonyms: northeastern / northeasterly
northeast (adj.)
coming from the northeast;
Synonyms: northeasterly
3
northeast (adv.)
to, toward, or in the northeast;
Synonyms: north-east / nor'-east
4
Northeast (n.)
the northeastern region of the United States;
Synonyms: northeastern United States
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